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Ceramic Gnathian Kanthros (drinking cup) with ‘Hercules’ knot twin vertical handles, South Italian, 4th to 3rd century BCE, Greek, from Apulia, Italy. On loan from the Vizard Foundation Antiquities Collection to the Ian Potter Museum of Art
Bronze oil lamp, Late Roman, 6th century CE, excavated at Ongar, Essex. On loan from the Vizard Foundation Antiquities Collection to the Ian Potter Museum of Art
Comprising of sixty objects this collection of antiquities was acquired by the Vizard Foundation and now forms an integral part of the Vizard Foundation Art and Antiquities Collection held at the University of Melbourne.
This exhibition will present the collection, which includes Acheulian stone tools, ancient bronze weapons and utensils, Egyptian faience figurines, Greek and Cypriot ceramics, Roman glass and Byzantine jewellery, in its entirety for the first time. Supplemented with prints that relate to the Grand Tour the exhibition will explore the theme of the antiquarian imagination and the historical practice of collecting antiquities.